New Study: Very Rapid & Sustainable Growth of OA

A recent article published in PLoS ONE has been receiving a lot of attention lately. Laakso et al studied the growth of Open Access journal publishing from 1993 to 2009 and found…
“Since the year 2000, the average annual growth rate has been 18% for the number of journals and 30% for the number of articles. This can be contrasted to the reported 3,5% yearly volume increase in journal publishing in general.”
The authors’ results also indicate that OA is a sustainable form of academic publishing since a large number of the original or pioneering OA journals are still publishing and growing.
Laakso M, Welling P, Bukvova H, Nyman L, Björk B-C, et al. (2011) The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20961. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020961

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